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London John Murray 1970 719519098 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
416 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Blue/green cloth boards with gold lettering/decoration on spine, gold decoration on front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs and reproductions. "Antony Alpers has tried to discard all preconceived ideas and re-enter the world of the Polynesians as it was before Cook's arrival in 1769. By reconstructing their legends, myths, folktales and poetry in an immediate and convincing style he has let them speak for themselves. And in a long introduction that is a masterly compression of the Polynesians' whole way of life he cuts away our illusions and leaves us not only face to face with the islanders but with the way they saw themselves and the jewelled archipelagos in which they lived and sailed." Contains a preface, introduction and note on pronunciation and spelling, followed by groups of legends under the following headings: The Creation; The Heroes; Seven Ages in Thirteen Chants; The Marquesas, and Mangareva; Easter Island; Hawaiian Islands; Tongan Group; Samoa; Atolls and Outliers; New Zealand and the Chathams; 'From Darkness to Light'. These are followed by 'Notes on the Text and Illustrations', 'References' and 'Glossary and Index'. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has slight edge browning, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, one small edge tear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
Rutland, Vermont Charles E. Tuttle 1986 0804804141 / 9780804804141 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Richard Wallwork. 
514 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Red cloth with black title block/gold lettering. 16 colour plates, 44 b&w photographs, 13 line drawings, fold-out map at rear. Contents: Publisher's Foreword; Preface; List of Illustrations; Note on Proper Names; Polynesia and Its People; 'Koropanga and Rukutia; Kelea and Kalamakua; Uenuku; Fairies and Taniwha; The Tawhaki Cycle; Maui' (Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga); Hina', Sister of Maui'; Pele the Fire-goddess; The Spirit Worlds; Io, Tangaroa, and Creation; The Areoi Society and the Hula Dance; Religious Observances; Authorities; Other Books of Hawaiian Interest; Glossary and Index. Small label removal mark on front pastedown. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Slipcase has light to moderate rubbing/soiling, two corner bumps, light to moderate edge wear, sticker removal mark on front panel. 
Price: 45.00 USD
THE WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT.  (THE XIVth REGIMENT OF FOOT).  FAMOUS REGIMENT SERIES., Barker, A.J..  Introduction by Lieut.-General Sir Brian Horrocks.
3 Barker, A.J.. Introduction by Lieut.-General Sir Brian Horrocks. THE WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. (THE XIVth REGIMENT OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENT SERIES.
Leo Cooper, London, 1974, first edition. 
80 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850521505 B&w photographs, reproductions. Music for Regimental March (Ca Ira). Contents: Early days; Ca Ira!; Service in the West Indies; Corunna; Waterloo, 1815; India, 1807-1825; The Cri mea; The Maori Campaign; Mainly South Africa; The Auxiliary Forces; The First World War; The Second World War; The Final Years; Appendices: The Regimental March; The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own); Synopsis of Service. V e r y l i g ht cigarette odor, veryu light browning to edges of text block and in page margins, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light browning - a little more on spine and flsp-folds, very light edge wrinkling. Very Good /V er y Go o d- 
Price: 25.00 USD
R.E. Owen, Wellington, New Zealand, 1952, third impression. 
296 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, drawings. Chapters: Physical and Mental Characteristics; Traditional History; Mythology and Folk-lore; Religious Ideas of the Maori; Social Usages; The Arts of Life (includes: agriculture, woodcraft, textiles, clothing and ornament, habitations, storehouses, villages, pa maori, fishing, art of war, agriculture). Slight cracking to spine in four places - pages firmly held, slight waviness to textblock, light to moderate edge wear to boards. Dust jacket is worn with creases, tears up to 1", old tape repairs, small chips, rubbing, tiny scuffs, and light soiling to rear panel. G+/Fair 
Price: 20.00 USD
THE TRIBALS:  BIOGRAPHY OF A DESTROYER CLASS., Brice, Martin H.  Foreword by Admiral Sir Deric Holland-Martin.
5 Brice, Martin H. Foreword by Admiral Sir Deric Holland-Martin. THE TRIBALS: BIOGRAPHY OF A DESTROYER CLASS.
H.M.C.S. Iroquois Veterans Association, Victoria, B.C., 1993, reprint. 
256 pp, 4to (11" H), soft cover with cerlox binding. This is the reprint edition which was produced by photocopy with permission of the author. Unfortunately the photographs did not reproduce well. "Practically everyone knows of HMS Cossack's mag nificent exploit in a Norwegian fiord in February 1940 when her crew rescued 299 captive British merchant seamen from the Altmark. Cossack was just one of 27 Tribal Class destroyers which served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian an d C a n a d i an Navies from 1938 to 1969. They were considered by many to be the finest of their type. The Tribals probably saw more acion over a longer period of time, and over a greater area of the globe, than any other class of destroyer. Th ey to ok p ar t in almost every Home Fleet and Mediterranean action, the D-Day operations, the East Indies, the South-West Pacific amphibious landings, the Battle for Leyte Gulf, the surrender of Japan and the Korean War. Technical details are p rov i ded , t oge the r wit h lists of commanding officers and pennant numbers, and the ship's crests." Interior - clean with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor corner wear, minor soiling. Very Good+ 
Price: 50.00 USD
ROUND THE WORLD., Butler, Frank Hedges.
6 Butler, Frank Hedges. ROUND THE WORLD.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1924 First Edition Hard Cover Good- No Jacket 
269 pp + 2 pp publisher's advertising, 9" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine and front board. Illustrated with numerous b&w photographs (collated). The author was the founder of the Royal Aero Club (1901) and the first Hon. Treasurer of the Royal Automobile Club (1897) and wrote two previous books - "Fifty Years of Travel by Land, Water and Air" and "Through Lapland with Skis and Reindeer". Chaper headings for "Round the World": The Voyage Out; From America to Hawaii; Pictures of the Pacific Islands; A Visit to Japan; Japanese Entertainment and the Drama; Korea and the Inland Sea; Through China to Hong-Kong; A Taste of the Jungle; Home Matters; From London to Brazil; The Falkland Isles; The Tip of South America; The Lands of the Incas; The Panama Canal; Cuba: How Tobacco is Grown; The National Game of Pelota; Florida Modernized; The Paradise of Fishermen; In the Track of the Ancient Voyagers; How We Lost Java; The Industries and Resources of Java; Travelling in Java; A Palace Ceremony; The Borobudur Temple; Java: Town and Country; The Island of Bali; The Ritual of Cremation; From Bali to Australia and New Zealand through Torres Straits and the Great Barrier Reef; Maori Land; The South Sea Islands; Back to Civilization; Appendices: Suggestions for an EmpireTourist Bureau; By Air to Lausanne; Index. Very light browning on free endpapers, previous owner's name in ink and faint erased pencil writing marks on front free endpaper, small edge tear on page leaf 259/260 - archivally taped, light browning to edges of text block, very light soiling on top of text block, light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine with two tiny tears at top, one small corner bump, scattered small water stains and a few light stains on front board with some color loss - plus a tiny water stain on rear board. 
Price: 35.00 USD
Collins, Auckland, New Zealand, 1975, first edition. 
166 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "Mrs Kingi, the beloved heroine of 'This Mrs Kingi', continues her story in this delightful sequel. As she looks back on her seventy years in the small Bay of Islands area (New Zealand) that has been her home - and that of her family - for generations, Mrs Kingi ponders on the changes she has seen. Typical of these is the family of her daughter Lizzie and husband Sam. Flash and Gordon, the twins born at the end of the earlier book, are now stu rdy youngsters. Les, the oldest and Mrs Kingi's secret favourite, is away at school on a scholarship, with his future assured; and the other children are normal and healthy. Only Gus is a problem, and his grandmother worries that he may t u r n o u t t o be a bad Maori if his talent for carving and drawing is not encouraged. That is Mrs Kingi's strength, and her weakness: that she cares about everybody and everything in her immediate vicinity, from her friend Mrs Wiki's dog to the s ta te of t he wo rld in general. But there is one thing she can and does do, this 'wrinkled-up old Maori woman of no importance', as she calls herself. When faced with an agonising decision under the pressure of other people, Mrs Kingi accep ts wha t s h e f eel s a r e h er responsbilities - not only to her close family, but to all her people. The book ends on a triumphant note, as the whole district celebrates Mrs Kingi's seventieth birthday and, on the happiest day of her life, youn g G us g ives h er t he b est gi ft o f all." Light edge wear, book slightly cocked, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, three tiny corner creases. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, ligh t fa ding to sp ine colo r. V ery Goo d/Ver y Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY:  A BIBLIOGRAPHY., Dornbusch, C.E., compiler.
8 Dornbusch, C.E., compiler. THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY: A BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Hope Farm Press, Corwallville, N.Y., 1961, from an edition of 300 copies. 
116 pp, 9" H, soft cover. Contents: The New Zealand Army - Reference works, General works; Conscription; Defence of New Zealand; Manuals for training; Medals; Military cemeteries and memorials; Periodicals; Regimental histories; Veterans; The Maor i wars - Participation of the British army; South African war - The Contingents; World War I; World War II; Korean Conflict; Reference works; Index. Interior - soft bump/curl to top corner of textblock, slight curl to bottom corner of las t f e w p a g e s. Exterior - a few small light stains, light browning, light rubbing, hand-written title in black ink on spine, soft corner creases, a few tiny indentations on covers. Good reference copy only. 
Price: 37.50 USD
COLONIAL SMALL WARS, 1837-1901., Featherstone, Donald.
9 Featherstone, Donald. COLONIAL SMALL WARS, 1837-1901.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1973. 
223 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715357115 "45 Victorian campaigns described and illustrated with 79 maps." "From 1837 to 1901 in Canada, Afghanistan, India, Africa, and elsewhere, military expeditions were underta ken to protect British interests, extend a frontier or repel an unprovoked attack. It became in the Victorian era an accepted way of life. In this lively and useful study Donald Featherstone, after defining 'small wars' and describing th e V i c t o r i a n soldier and his weapons, covers all the minor actions in detail. Most of the accounts are complemented by specially drawn maps and plans which have never before been collected together in a single volume." Previous owner's sma ll st am p on e ac h of the front endpapers, soft crease down free rear endpaper, small bump at top rear corner, tiny bump at top/bottom corner of front board, very light rubbing. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very small chip and cr eas e s a t t op of re ar fl ap- fold, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 47.50 USD
THE WILTSHIRE REGIMENT (THE 62nd AND 99th REGIMENTS OF FOOT).  FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES., Gibson, Tom.  Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks.
10 Gibson, Tom. Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks. THE WILTSHIRE REGIMENT (THE 62nd AND 99th REGIMENTS OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES.
Leo Cooper, London, 1969, first edition. 
147 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions. Follow the history of the Regiment from the 18th century when they participated in the siege of Louisburg, through 19th century postings including New Zealand, Chin a, India, and South Africa, and on through the First and Second World Wars. In 1959 "the Wiltshires were amalgamated with the Royal Berkshire Regiment to form the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)....Tom Gibson t e l l s t h i s exciting story and brings to life some of the great events in their history, events called to mind by the names emblazoned on the Regimental colours which now hang peacefully in Salisbury Cathedral in the heart of Wiltshire." Incl ud es t he mu si c an d lyrics for the Regimental March, which is based on an old Wilshire tune , 'The Vly'. Tiny light stain in margin of page 48 & 49, very light browning to edges of textblock, light fading to top edge of boards, small bump at top /bo tto m o f sp ine , tin y bump to bottom corners. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, tiny chips/tears, two 1" tears (archivally taped), browning to spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
Whitcombe & Tombs, New Zealand, 1963, first edition. 
189 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover (medium purple boards with silver lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "....(presents) a selection of individual achievements spanning the two hundred years between Tasman's discovery of New Ze aland in the mid-seventeenth century and Barrington's marathon trek in search of gold in the mid-nineteenth century. A final chapter deals with 'Mr Explorer Douglas', whose astonishing exploits belong to a somewhat later period, and who d i e d l e s s t han fifty years ago. These (and others which might also have been included, had there been space) stand out as milestones along a route of splendid achievement which has transformed two remote islands into the proud Dominion they co ns ti t ut e to da y ." Chapters include: Hore-Ta-Te-Taniwha Meets James Cook; Massacre in Treachery Bay; A Sermon in Treachery Bay; The Unpredicatable Maori; Dieffenbach's Ascent of Mt Egmont; Brunner and 'The Great Journey'; Barrington Looks for Go ld. Sli gh t b ump t o t op edge of front board, light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine, one tiny corner bump, light fading to spine. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
POUNAMU POUNAMU., Ihimaera, Witi.
12 Ihimaera, Witi. POUNAMU POUNAMU.
Auckland Heinemann 1972 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good Inscribed By Author
132 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w decorations. Inscribed on title page: Arohanui, / Witi". "(T)he first collection of short stories by a Maori writer to be published. (This) is Witi Ihimaera's distinctive view of rural Maori life. It deals with happiness and sadness and always, with aroha. It is his personal vision of Maori life as it is now and of its values now. It has been written both with anger and with love - aroha - in the hope that such a life, the values of that life, will never be lost." Contents: A Game of Cards; Beginning of the Tournament; The Makutu on Mrs Jones; Fire on Greenstone; The Other Side of the Fence; In Search of the Emerald City; One Summer Morning; The Child; The Whale; Tangi. Very small bump at top edge of rear board and at top/bottom of spine, soft wrinkling at top corner of page leaf 107/108, several pages with small light wrinkles at bottom edge - two with very tiny chip, tiny crease at bottom corner of page 1 to 14, some small soft wrinkles on preliminary pages. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny scuffs, a few small edge tears archivally taped, minor rubbing, now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 50.00 USD
Lower Hutt City Council, (Petone, New Zealand), [1991]. 
235 pp, small 4to (10 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "...commissioned by the Lower Hutt City Council to commemorate the city's first 100 years...a very lively account of the history of the Hutt Valley from earliest recorded times, from the bustling frontier days of early European settlement to the more settled, respectable developments and innovations of this century's leading citizens and the residents who voted them into office. Twin strands run through (this book): the fertile soils and the dominance of the river that has been gradually brought under greater control. Together, they nutured great native forest centuries ago, supported successive waves of Maori and Pakeha farms and laid the foundations for market gardens, and some of the most spectacular formal gardens in the Southern Hemisphere..." Minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/creases - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds. V G+/ VG 
Price: 27.50 USD
A SOLDIER'S VIEW OF EMPIRE:  THE REMINISCENCES OF JAMES BODELL, 1831-92., Sinclair, Keith, edited by.  (James Bodell.)
14 Sinclair, Keith, edited by. (James Bodell.) A SOLDIER'S VIEW OF EMPIRE: THE REMINISCENCES OF JAMES BODELL, 1831-92.
Bodley Head, London, 1982, first edition. 
216 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0370302249 B&w plates. "James Bodell was born in 1831 near Nottingham, the son of poor parents. At sixteen, he enlisted in the army and was sent first to Ireland, then slowly recovering fro m the great potato famine, and then to Hong Kong, where most of his regiment died of malaria or other tropical diseases. He bought himself out of the army and went to Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania) where he kept a hotel, but eventuall y b e c a m e d isgusted with the atmosphere of a recent convict settlement. In 1856 he moved to Victoria, where the great gold rush had begun, prospered, but finally lost his money in unwise speculation during a period of excessive drinking. In 1 8 63 h e vo lu nt e er ed to serve in New Zealand in the Maori wars. Discharged in 1866, he was given a town lot of land as well as farming land by the government at the town of Tauranga, where he was an outstanding pioneer, making money and be com in g M ayo r. H e l ate r mad e two return trips to England to visit his family in Leicester. In about 1881, he began to write his reminiscences, an ambitious undertaking for a man with so little formal education, and in 1978, on the death of one of his Eng lis h de scen dant s, the original manuscript was offered to the Bodley Head for publication. It has been edited by Keith Sinclair and presents a unique picture of how the British Empire was colonised and what life in the Briti sh ar my o f the time was like in t he ra nks . Th is is a frank, often amusing and very colourful account of the Empire seen from below." Previous owner's embossed blind stamp on free front endpaper, slight bump to top of spine. Dust jacket is pri ce cl ipped, has l ight crease s at t op of spin e. Ve ry Good/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD

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